With the Christmas Holiday coming up soon, the joy of buying and receiving gifts increases! For the kids, this is one of their happiest moments because many of them get to wish and focus on receiving the latest toys, electronic gadgets, video games, and high-end clothing but forgetting to understand the value of their gifts. If you are one of those many concerned parents who are keen to teach your kids something about the wider world and the true Christmas message as well as to avoid uncomfortable tantrums based on what they didn’t get, it will be a good time to teach and help them to understand the value of their gifts during this period!
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The Value Of Appreciation
In most cases, kids really feel that they deserve to receive gifts. Most of the time, “wanting” of gifts is encouraged by the endless advertisements on television, especially during shows for children, and the peer pressure of other kids thus creating a materialistic mentality. Therefore the cure here is to teach kids how to appreciate life.
When kids are continuously reminded how to show appreciation for what they do have and also to understand that not many other kids are fortunate enough to receive something, it is more likely that they will understand the value of gifts for Christmas. Their view on Christmas may even turn from “I want” to “thank you for your gift and I feel really blessed”. This is the ultimate understanding of the true value of gifts.
The Value Of Giving
Get your kids to understand the value and importance lie not in the receiving part but more when they learn to give! This will help your kids to slowly appreciate and understand the value of gifts for Christmas they get to receive and give each year. If they are always on the receiving end, how can you expect them to see the value in gifts received?
You can have your kids prepare a list of who they would like to give a gift to and state the reasons behind it. This will cultivate the act of seeing kindness where there is more value in giving than receiving. You could even go through all of their current toys and ask them which they would like to donate to children who have a lot less than they do. You can tie this into the Christmas story and the Christmas spirit to help them understand the value of doing something good for others.
The Value Of Non-Expecting
You can demonstrate to your kids that there are many other ways to enjoy the Christmas season without having to emphasize on the importance on how many gifts they will get to receive thus the attention is taken away from “expecting” to “non-expecting” gifts. When gift are not expected, they are valued and when the kids are given a gift, they will really learn to appreciate and treasure the gesture behind it!
Teaching your kids how to experience other amazing factors of the Christmas season will help them understand that when they do receive a gift, it has the value of thoughtfulness. This means taking more time out as a family to value activities together, rather than things. This isn’t just good for the kids – it’s important for the parents too!